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Editing a Spherical Panorama with Photoshop and After Effects

via LinkedIn Learning


Learn to nondestructively edit and brand a spherical panorama—a 360-degree photo—with Photoshop and After Effects.

Spherical panoramas—360-degree photos—are becoming more popular, especially on social media. Enhancing these images is slightly more complex than traditional photography, as they are not flat images. This course demonstrates a step-by-step nondestructive process for editing and branding spherical panoramas. Instructor Chris Converse covers masking out the tripod; applying a two-dimensional logo, retouching, and color adjustments; and adding special effects. The technique uses After Effects and Photoshop, and a new Creative Cloud tool called SkyBox Suite. The exercise files are free, so you can follow along even if you don't have a 360-degree camera.


  • Introduction
  • What you'll need before starting this course
  • A brief introduction to After Effects
  • How to use the exercise files
1. Edit and Retouch a Spherical Panorama
  • Isolate the tripod area
  • Seamless tripod removal
  • Remove tripod from bottom view
  • Retouch and reset the panorama center point
  • Replace the sky
  • Add some sunshine
  • Make color adjustments
  • Add a logo
  • Prepare the final JPEG file (with metadata)
  • Upload spherical panorama to Facebook

Taught by

Chris Converse

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